February 2020

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Editorial Comment: Adopting digital technologies to enhance operations

What is the future of refining and petrochemical operations? One trend that has been the focus of many articles, whitepapers and conference presentations is the digital transformation of the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI).

Nichols, Lee, Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

What is the future of refining and petrochemical operations? One trend that has been the focus of many articles, whitepapers and conference presentations is the digital transformation of the hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI). The global processing industry has witnessed an evolution in the adoption of new digital technologies to enhance production. Although the industry has adopted new digital technologies throughout its history, the present timeline reflects a new age of digital transformation. This evolution is seen everywhere. For example, it is nearly impossible to walk a trade show’s exhibition floor without seeing someone wearing a virtual reality headset or digital screens showc

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